Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
Frequently, a tear falls from a client’s closed eye during a Reiki session. Or, a client sobs for an extended length of time during a treatment, or shortly after the treatment ends. Tears may fall for many reasons, but as Reiki practitioners we welcome these tears and know they are a sign that some type of healing has occurred for a client. Sometimes, clients know exactly why the tears flowed; other times they have no idea and may even apologize for crying.
A common cause of tears is a release of an emotional block, especially related to a loss. Many people are uncomfortable expressing feelings of grief and loss. They may have been told it is time to “get over it and move on” when a loved one dies, a marriage ends in divorce, or a cherished job was lost. The feelings are still there, but to uphold an appearance of strength, the person fights against expressing the emotions. These emotions stay inside, festering into emotional blocks and possibly causing physical problems. The healing energies of Reiki can release these blocks, and the tears come.
Sometimes, however, the client states she has no idea why tears flowed. She cannot identify any losses she is grieving, or reasons why she might have cried. There is something deeper going on….
Sometimes, it is the simple act of being touched compassionately by another human being. For many people, physical touches are no longer a part of their lives, due to a loss of a close, intimate relationship. In other situations, recent physical touches have only come in the form of dominating, or abusive ways. Remembering how wonderful the human touch can be feels overwhelming, and tears flow. The client may express feelings of appreciation and gratitude for the kind and loving contact that has been missing in her life.
There is another possibility of why tears fall during or after a Reiki session. The gentle, yet powerful, Reiki energies are often indescribable; each one of us has experienced this ourselves. There are times when words cannot express the magnificence of the Unconditional Love available in our lives. During a Reiki session, the connection between the human person and the Divine Spirit can feel truly awesome. Although this Energy is always within us, and surrounds us, when we become aware of the connection, it can feel miraculous. There is an awakening on a soul level; it is virtually impossible to describe the emotions during the experience. When our clients (or we) say we cannot describe what the Reiki session felt like, it is true. There are no words that can describe it well!
When these moments occur, we should always reassure clients the emotions came, for their highest good. Everything happens for a reason. We can provide comfort by reminding them it is not always necessary to identify the cause of tears, but we know some kind of healing occurred. The healing may be as simple, and as profound, as remembering this truth – Unconditional Love is always present in our lives.
Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities. Her personal journey, along with life lessons learned along the way, is detailed in her book, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)